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From the Cradle to the Grave by Nicoll From the Cradle to the Grave by Nicoll
The life cycle of a kettle.

Full view is massive and high detail. The original file is over thirty thousand pixels wide.

The actual drawing itself is 2 feet high by 24 feet wide. Pencil on 200gsm paper. Click here [link] for a photograph that gives an impression of scale.

This illustration documents the usage of materials in the life cycle of a kettle, from the quarry, through a steel works and other factory processes, packaging, distribution, warehouse, showroom, mass domestic use of power and water (fossil fuels?), and the product's eventual fate as landfill.

It was drawn in response to the DOTT07 "Stuff-o-meter" brief for the D&AD student awards. [link]
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Given 2007-03-29
From the Cradle to the Grave by =Nicoll is just.... shocking. Mark is such a lovely guy, and this really is such an apt expression of his talent. Well done. ( Featured by De-Profundis )
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voidone Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
epic work!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Well done.
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AlexCFriend Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
My background changes every minute and sometimes this piece pops up. However the resolution is so huge all I saw was the coffee pot. Today I decided to fix it and now that I am seeing the piece again in its entirety I have so say its one of the most unique and powerful images of the thousands I've download from deviantart. I wish more people could see this. Nice work

As far as a critique goes I thinks it work saying that the left edge could be better defined, as it is now it gives me a sense of the sea or clouds. This seems especially important since the right side, the landfill, is so well defined. Clever touch having the pot on and then off in the landfill. I especially like the steam from the pot blending with the smoke from the industry.
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Thank you very much for the comment, I'm glad. It's great to have ones work considered in that way.

Hmm. I'd like to investigate the theme some more soon.
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1015670 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I absoutely love it, as has been mentioned a thousand times before, the perspective changes are so smooth. Amazing work
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
It's still nice to hear though, thanks for the comment :)
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labornthyn Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I know I am stating the obvious...but this is genius...a very engaging concept and deeper statement combined with purely visually delightful drawing and arrangement. I enjoyed it very much!
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Sp3ctre18 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Wow, awesome work here. i'm a pencil artist myself, though I sadly don't have time to much of it. I wish i could do a big project like this. I really like how you did the transitions, such as the cutaways, or using the sink top sort of as the roof of a building. Very nice. :D
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
Cheers very much :)
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lost-love-xXx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I can only imagine the amount of work that went into this!

It's not something we think about without a little push, the 'life' of an appliance that is.

I like how everything sorta blends together.
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Grincevan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
fantastic .

prolly one of tho best peaces of art i saw on this site yet .
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dev69 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
wow......how did you scan this!?!
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:iconnicoll:
Nicoll Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Photographed it on a rig in 20 sections, then spent an agonizing day stitching it together in Photoshop. Over 30,000 pixels wide, man.
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:icondev69:
dev69 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
wow..that amazing...awesome man!
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GaZm85 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woww!!! very very very nice job!!!! :jawdrop:
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paulclift Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Awesome!
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the-final-I Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The figure buying the kettle seems to be a bit off. Otherwise, excellent work. :thumbsup:
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halohaxr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007   Photographer
wow this is amazing
it must of taken weeks or months to put so much effort into getting that detail
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Gurly Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
So awesome
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fashioneyes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Excellent art work u great artist
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Soleyes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007   Interface Designer
Amazing !! .......and great perspective.
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barisdemiray Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Totally incredible and expressive! Appreciated your patience..

Do you have any other life cycle drawings?
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:iconnicoll:
Nicoll Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Unfortunately no, but It'd be great to make some more.
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lolo94 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007   Digital Artist
thats amazing! id love to have the origional huge painting >.< haha
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
hehe... the original is now sitting next to to my desk in a roll. It's too big to put anywhere!
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AWdeV Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
this is great, the only advanced critique I can give, is that it's not finished yet, but daaamn, that would be a hell of a lot of work...
truly awesome.
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kaiverta Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
You should be put on a pedastel (sp) and praised until your dying days. Fed grapes, given glasses of rich red wine, fanned with big leaves by beautiful babes (or hunky men) and just guh. This is absolutely stunning. Seriously. When I first laid eyes upon this work, my eyes widened and my jaw seriously dropped.... I can't put into words the massive amount of respect I have for you for taking the time and energy to draw something so detailed and so LARGE and with such perfection. Absolute awesomeness.
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
Far too kind, but I really appreciate the comment, thankyou. Makes me wan't to keep on trying hard :)
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kaiverta Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Please keep on trying hard. I'm curious to see what else you come up with. *_*
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Kamikaye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
This picture makes me kinda sad. Industrial sadness. To see for what ordinary stuff ore is being extracted from the planet and how much work goes into such a thing and then it ends at a dump near to a polluted river and an industrial zone...
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
This deviation has been featured in my journal here. Please contact me if you would like it removed

Find it here--> [link]
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Nicoll Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Thankyou for the feature :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome :-)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this deviation in my journal today. [link] :wave:
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mr-sarcastic1984 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
wow thats amazing...great job..how long did it take u to do all this?
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Nicoll Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
About a hundred hours over a month :)
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mr-sarcastic1984 Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
geez...wow great job
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Shia-chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Hobbyist
Wow, this is impressive! *__*
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is little less than breathtaking o_o
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Kirol Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
Looks a little like Sheffield.
Really nice work.
And this is so long that it puts longcat to shame.
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tripperfunster Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
That is so cool! You talent with perspective slays me! I really enjoyed looking at that, and was flabberghasted when I read how big the actual art is.

You did that very well! Bravo!
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RTyson Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
absolutely brilliant concept...who'da thunk a kettle could be so inspiring?!

bloody excellent perspective too! :clap:
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salemsgirl Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
wow, this is amazing! Seriously inspred :D A fave from me
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00adam Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
this is fantastic

congratulations on the DD
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ThePencilClub Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
great!

*eStrix
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StevenHandel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Incredible. Nice work.
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stanuga Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Student
Wowsers Mark I never realised just how big and detailed this work actually is, it's great man I love it
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Nicoll Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Cheers very much, mate :)
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k-nelo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
for sure you worked hard on it, is a awesome an detailed work, i would love to see it colored, well that`s you decition

+fav:
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davidbgood Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
thats nuts man.. I bet you felt accomplished.. How long did that take?
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